Monday, August 30, 2010

Satire rules.

sat·ire (noun) \ˈsa-ˌtī(-ə)r\

1: a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2: trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly

I'm a firm believer in the power of satire. If you want to skewer someone's idiotic beliefs, there's no better way than to satirize the hell out of them. Canadian humour leans towards this much more strongly than American humour typically does; we had the Air Farce for decades on radio and TV, This Hour Has 22 Minutes (and, before it, the "original," This Hour Has Seven Days), its predecessor CODCO, Rick Mercer's various projects, and a host of others in both English and French. You can probably trace this back through to British humour (remember Spitting Image?), which has a satirical bent to it, too; the Daily Show and Colbert Report are relatively recent (and welcome) additions to the American comedy scene.

One publication that does satire about as well as anyone is The Onion. A lot of their pieces are purely absurdist, but they also include articles which make a very deliberate point, very satirically... like this article. It's hilarious, and it makes a point very emphatically. Well done.

In completely unrelated news, our school board's Director of Education is putting us through this on Wednesday afternoon. I give it a 50-50 shot that it's at least a half-hour late in starting, and a 1-in-100 shot that, because of various problems, it won't even start and we'll have to go home. Up until just now I didn't realize that was the Director himself in the middle of those four kids. High-larious.

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